11 Nintendo Switch bargains for gamers on a tight budget

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

If you look hard enough, budget-minded gamers have plenty of options with their Nintendo Switch. All of the games highlighted are under $20. It’s a fairly eclectic mix that includes games like Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, Mutant Year Zero, Civilization VI, Trine 4, and more.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Price: $19.99 | Available at Amazon / GameStop

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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is a hack-and-slash action-adventure game from Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture. The game is played from the top-down perspective. Many levels draw inspiration from RPGs and platformers.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Price: $19.99 | Available at Amazon / GameStop

The 4X turn-based strategy game Civilization VI doesn’t need much of an introduction. The latest in the long-running series was ported to Switch, allowing gamers to take their strategy fix on the go.

In addition to having the latest game updates at the time of its release, the Switch version also includes four DLC packs with new civilizations, leaders, and scenarios. They include:

  • Vikings Scenario Pack
  • Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack
  • Australia Civilization & Scenario Pack
  • Persia and Macedon Civilization & Scenario Pack

Mega Man 11

Price: $14.97 – $19.99 | Available at Amazon / GameStop

The Blue Bomber returns in this 2.5D action-adventure that retains much of its classic old-school gameplay. Players control Mega Man as he attempts to stop Dr. Wily once again, who this time threatens the world with the Double Gear system. In addition to the story, there are also time trials, global leaderboards, a character gallery, and more.

Also, difficulty settings return from Mega Man 10. There are now four: Newcomer, Casual, Normal, and Superhero. Lastly, the Nintendo Switch version supports Amiibo. These can be used to unlock in-game items.

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

Price: $19.99 | Available at Amazon / GameStop / Walmart

The puzzle-platformer Trine 4 landed on the Nintendo Switch at the same time as PC and other consoles. The medieval fantasy setting, charming graphics, and signature co-op help the game to stand apart in a crowded market.

If you’re willing to pay $10 more, Trine: Ultimate Collection includes all four games in the series. This might not be the best option if you have limited storage space though. Only Trine 4 is included on the cart. Meanwhile, the first three games are downloads.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Deluxe Edition

Price: $19.99 | Available at Amazon / GameStop / Walmart

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a turn-based tactics game from indie developer The Bearded Ladies. Players control three different characters with varied abilities in a radiated wasteland: a mutated human, a duck, and a hog. There are also two recruitable characters in the game.

Killer Queen Black

Price: $14 | Available at Amazon

First released in arcades, Killer Queen Black has been brought to the Switch with support for up to eight players. The team-based strategy game lets you play online across six battlefields with four different weapons. Best of all, it supports crossplay with PC and Xbox One. Lastly, the Switch version comes with exclusive Joy-Con controller skins.

Star Wars Pinball

Price: $19.93 | Available at Amazon / GameStop / Walmart

Speaking of arcades, if you grew up in the ’70s or ’80s, there’s a decent chance that you are a fan of pinball and Star Wars. And with Star Wars Pinball, you can have both! Travel to a galaxy far, far away across 19 different pinball tables. Each table features a different iconic moment from the Star Wars universe.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Price: $14.99 | Available at Amazon / GameStop / Walmart

Based on the Battle Chasers fantasy comic book series, Nightwar is a Western developer’s take on a traditional Japanese-style turn-based role-playing game. It features randomly-generated dungeons with lots of traps, loot, and puzzles to solve, as well as boss battles and a mana system.

LEGO Harry Potter Collection

Price: $19.99 | Available at Amazon / GameStop / Walmart

The LEGO Harry Potter Collection combines the worlds of Harry Potter and LEGO. And the Collection combines two different games that have been remastered for Switch. You’ll get both LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 on one cartridge.

Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure

Price: $12.87 | Available at Amazon

Okay, so Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure is not going to top any charts or win any awards. That said, there are undoubtedly some anglers who are looking for a good catch. See what we did there?

LEGO Worlds

Price: $16 | Available at Amazon / Walmart

Again, it’s not going to win any awards, but LEGO Worlds is the perfect budget-friendly game for younger audiences. The open environments are procedurally-generated and made entirely of LEGO bricks, which players are free to manipulate and build to their heart’s content.